Friday, 10 April 2015

Three candidates nominated for #Theale ward in the Council elections on May 7th

Three candidates have been nominated for Theale ward in the Council elections on May 7th:

Theale
(One seat)
Name of Candidate
Home Address
Description (if any)
Name of Proposer
Invalid
MACRO
Alan Michael
17 The Green, Theale, Reading, RG7 5DR
Liberal Democrats
Bown Stephen G, Grana Mario J, Grana Andrew M, Fowler Sylvia D, Macro Sheila M, Walker Sylvia, Smith Gillian M, Long Evelyn M, Dunn Pamela J, Wood David W

REYNOLDS
Billie Sarah
47 Elizabeth Court, Theale, Reading, RG7 5AQ
Labour Party
Hopson Sharon F, Ohsan Genevieve M, Lyons Valerie E, Ahuja Haneet, Bateman Charles, Eynon Angelina D, Bliss Mary E, Brown Elizabeth, Wells Anthony K, Fawzy Mohammed K

THOMPSON
Andrew Guy
14 Purley Magna, Purley on Thames, RG8 8EL
Conservative Party Candidate
Conner Susan P, Bucknell William A, Callaway Ian S, Quinnell Leigh N, Bold Georgina D, Fisher Greg, Sennett Matthew, Sennett Emma J, Turner Stephanie V, Glanfield Gillian L






(extracted from the STATEMENT OF PERSONS NOMINATED AND NOTICE OF POLL issued by West Berkshire Council)

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Have you received your polling card from West Berks council?

Polling cards for West Berkshire residents started being delivered last week. Everyone who was registered before March 1st should have received one by now.

If you haven't received one, it may be because you have not been registered on the electoral roll at your current address. You can register on-line at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

You need to be registered by 20th April to be able to vote in the general and council elections on 7th May.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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Resurfacing of Station Road, Theale - temporary traffic lights and road closures from this weekend

Work on resurfacing Station Road is starting on Friday evening and continuing on the following three Sundays. Traffic will be disrupted as follows:

Friday Evening 10th April - Plane Off Full Carriageway - 2 Way Traffic Lights And Convoy Working.

Sunday 12th April - Road Closure

Sunday 19th April - Road Closure

Sunday 26th April - Road Closure

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Suspicious tradesmen knocking on doors in #Theale

I have received an email from a resident of Blossom Lane saying a man knocked on her door saying her gable end needed fixing. She was suspicious and politely refused.

Reputable tradesmen do not normally need to go touting for business.

Please do not give business to people like this. You do not know how skilled they are and whether they will charge a  reasonable rate. You do not know whether the work actually needs doing.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Updated: Outcome of Theale Parish Council Special Meeting to Decide on Location for Replacement Primary School

This was a very lively meeting! Many residents spoke passionately about the need for a new school at the beginning of the meeting. Equally, many residents spoke with equal passion about the need to keep public open space.

Several residents complained about the lack of notice about the meeting. It was explained that this was because West Berks Council had asked for a decision before Easter. There was also a delay in publicising the meeting  because advice had to be obtained on whether such a decision could be taken during the election campaign.

West Berks Council officers gave explanations of why their preferred site was on the North Street playing fields. However, residents and parish councillors felt that there were not fully satisfactory answers to all questions, particularly on planning, traffic and road safety.

The Parish Council therefore decided to defer a decision and to organise a public meeting so that West Berks Council could fully explain their reasons for preferring this site and so that planning and highways questions to be fully answered.

It is intended that the public meeting will be held after the school holidays but before the end of April.

Update 14/4/15:

West Berkshire Council have asked for the public meeting to be put back to the second week in May. The exact date will depend on the availability of a suitable hall availability and of the appropriate West Berkshire Council officers.

Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council
www.theale.org.uk

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Special Meeting of Theale Parish Council to Consider Releasing Land for a Replacement Primary School

Theale Parish Council are holding a special meeting this Monday evening, 30th March. The council will discuss the following agenda item:

New Theale Primary School

West Berkshire Council has approved the construction of a new, replacement, primary school on a new site in Theale.

West Berkshire Council's preferred site is on the North Street playing fields, Englefield Road, which is currently leased by the parish council and used for football and public open space.

Members to discuss whether the site should be relinquished and RESOLVE on any actions required.

The proposed school site will occupy about 5 acres of the 13.5 acre field and it is anticipated that the remainder will remain as playing fields and public open space.

The meeting will be open to the public and the first item on the agenda is an Open Forum for Members of the Public.

The meeting will start at 7.30pm and will be held in:

The Peter Gooch Room
The Pavilion
Recreation Ground
Englefield Road
Theale

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Letter to press re cuts to West Berkshire Council Children's Services budgets

 Dear Editor,

The Conservative leader of West Berkshire Council has said that he was "delighted" with their budget.

This presumably means that he is delighted that:
  • the cuts to the budget for short respite breaks "may increase the likelihood of family breakdown"
  • cuts to speech, language, physio and occupational therapies to children with Special Educational Needs may lead to "to provision falling short of statutory requirements and being open to challenge"
  • several of the cuts will cause services to "focus exclusively on children at the bottom of the edge of care, at risk of exploitation or those who go missing".
  • cutting the budget of the Youth Offending Team "could lead to an increase in the number of young people receiving a custodial sentence,with potential associated non-avoidable costs to us [the Council] ". This team used to have one of the best records in the country.
  • cuts to Educational Welfare "will mean less support for more vulnerable pupils and their families, with a negative impact on schools and standards".
  • ceasing to commission the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service "may lead to a reduction in effective support to highly vulnerable young people"
  • the reduction in training budgets "runs contrary to our [the council's] plans to invest in our workforce to improve the quality of social work with children and their families"
  • the reduction in capacity in school place planning and transport will negatively affect "a high pressure area".
All the quotes above are directly from the Tory Administration's own budget papers.


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Alan Macro
Councillor for Theale
West Berkshire Council